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HEADLINES

Fiji Coup: Scoop Analysis: Searching For A Bloodless Solution
FIji Coup: Great Council's Proposals Not Good Enough - Speight
Fiji Coup: Full Coverage
NZ Reaction To President Mara’s Deal -
Hard News Is Here - Sex Crime And Money
Photo Essay: The Birth Of An Island
Irish Eyes: It’s Raining In Your Wallet

Nuclear Waste Is Not Coming Down
Casino Control Out Of Control
No Need For Speed
Education For Inmates
ERB: “Start Again Helen”
Rankin’s Cost Rankles
Work For Dole Scheme Scrapped
Disabled Bill Horrifies
Matrimonial Property Law
Auckland’s Transport Problems
Wellington’s Road Problems
Skills Shortages Addressed
Local Bodies Elections With STV

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To Be Kissed By George Speight!

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Scoop Analysis: Searching For A Bloodless Solution

- Scoop has two new commentary pieces on the crisis in Fiji. A special edition of the Sludge Report on the crisis from C.D.SLUDGE - See... Sludge Report #7 - Negotiating With A Psycopath [1] and ROSS HIMONA See... Fiji Coup – A Resolution Without Bloodshed? [2] , both in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00125.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00121.htm


Great Council's Proposals Not Good Enough - Speight

- Decisions made by the Great Council of Chiefs which have been communicated to the hostage takers in the Fijian Parliamentary compound. Controversially it appears that members of George Speight's group may be offered a place in a new interim government. That decision will be up to President Ratu Mara. However George Speight has rejected the proposal and has demanded that Mara be replaced, the constitution cancelled and that his group be given full pardons. See... NEWSFLASH: Coup Group Could Be In New Government [1] in the Headlines wire.
LATEST HEADLINES
- Chaudhry Manhandled By Speight - Rebel leader George Speight has admitted "manhandling" Fiji's captive Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry, according to radio reports. Radio Fiji said today he revealed this while addressing a crowd at the Parliament complex. See... Rebel Leader Admits Manhandling Captive PM [2]
- Kissed By Speight! - . "As much as I wanted to go to Fiji's Parliament, I was very aware that with my Indian looks crossing the line into the Parliament where all the indigenous Fijians were gathering, would be kind of scary. But journalism got the better of me....". See... "The Day I Was Kissed By A Coup Leader" [3] .
- Analysis - "Speight has trained his sight on the Indians, but he is also leading a middle class revolution against the Fijian establishment symbolised by Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara. ... [the revolt touches] deeper issues about the structure of power in traditional ... See... See... Analysis: How Speight Has Shattered Democracy [4] .
- Support For Chiefs Weak - Support by indigenous Fijians towards the chiefs in Fiji appeared slim today after the rejection of the proposals to resolve the week-old hostage crisis from the Great Council of Chiefs by self-proclaimed Prime Minister George Speight and his rebel gunmen. See... Grassroots Fijians Don't Support Chiefs - Rebel [5] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00119.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00128.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00127.htm
[4] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00130.htm
[5] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0005/S00129.htm


NZ Reaction To President Mara’s Deal -

Prime Minister Helen Clark said tonight that the proposal which had come from Fiji's Great Council of Chiefs for resolving the crisis in Fiji appeared to be unconstitutional. See... Fiji's constitutional crisis [1] . United New Zealand and New Zealand First are also not pleased with the likely outcome. See... Fiji Interim Government "A Bloody Outrage" [2] . Also see...Don’t Legalise Terrorism In Fiji - Peters [3] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00574.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00570.htm
[3] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00566.htm

Hard News Is Here - Sex Crime And Money

- GOOD DAY MEDIAPHILES ... what didn't happen: democracy hasn't been overthrown by an out-of-town con man and a few hired goons. Not here, anyway. For the latest Hard News column from Russell Brown eee... HARD NEWS: Prostitutes, Thieves and Gold-diggers [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00123.htm


Birth Of An Island

- Two New Zealand scientists were part of an international team who this week witnessed the dramatic birth of a new volcanic island near the Solomon Islands. See... Photo Essay [1] and Scientists See Fiery Birth Of New Pacific Island [2] .


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00110.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC0005/S00020.htm


Scoop Opinion: It’s Raining In Your Wallet

- If the weather were like the banking system when we wanted it to rain we would only have to ask. Scoop’s Greg Meylan writes from Ireland. See... Irish Eyes: If we all had buckets of money [1] in the Headlines wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0005/S00120.htm


MORE SCOOPS

Nuclear Waste Is Not Coming Down

- A Green Party bill which would stop nuclear waste shipments entering New Zealand waters was drawn in the members' ballot yesterday. See... Green bill bans nuclear shipments [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00580.htm


Casino Control Out Of Control

- Consumer Affairs Minister Phillida Bunkle called on Casino Control Authority member Michael Cox to resign after a High Court judge in Hamilton overturned the granting of a casino licence. See... Bunkle Calls For Cox to Resign [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00559.htm


No Need For Speed

- The issue with road safety is road need not road speed, said ACT Transport spokesman Penny Webster. See... The Issue Is Road Need, Not Road Speed [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00560.htm


Education For Inmates

- Green Party Justice Spokesperson Nandor Tanczos will meet with Corrections Minister Matt Robson next week to discuss Green Party concerns over the cutting of external education to prison inmates. See... Tanczos, Robson to meet over inmate education cuts [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00579.htm


ERB: “Start Again Helen”

- Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley today called on Helen Clark to withdraw the Employment Relations Bill and start again. See... PM should show she is really listening [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00578.htm


Rankin’s Cost Rankles

- The Government’s unworkable relationship with WINZ Boss Christine Rankin has cost taxpayers more than $25,000 in legal bills for lawyers’ advice to her over the recently released Hunn Report. See... Cost Of Rankin’s Legal Advice For Hunn Report [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00577.htm


Work For Dole Scheme Scrapped

- Beneficiary advocacy groups have applauded the changes to the Department of Work and Income benefit regime released by Social Services Minister Steve Maharey today. See... Advocates Applaud Benefit Changes [1] . Meanwhile: “The unprecedented reviewing of all debts over $5,000 already established as being owed by beneficiaries is evidence of the unprecedented “Soft on Welfare” approach of the Minister of Social Services and Employment,” according to ACT. See... Evidence Of Maharey’s Soft Approach to Welfare [2] both in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00575.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00565.htm


Disabled Bill Horrifies

- Libertarianz Health Deregulation spokesman Richard McGrath said his party is horrified by the implications of the Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care) Bill. See... Arbitrary Detention Just Around The Corner [1] . The IHC agrees, see...Bill Threatens Rights of Intellectually Disabled [2] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00573.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0005/S00142.htm


Matrimonial Property Law

Women will pay the price for the Government's under-estimation of the impact the new matrimonial property legislation on the Family Courts, says Opposition Women's Affairs spokesperson Anne Tolley. See... Legislation will put women's lives on hold [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00561.htm


Auckland’s Transport Problems

- Associate Minister for Transport, Judith Tizard, said tonight she was disappointed that the deadline for the Auckland region's negotiations with Tranz Rail had passed without any agreement being reached. See... Auckland Minister Disappointed At Decision [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00572.htm


Wellington’s Road Problems

- ACT has sympathy will the view of Wellington City Council (WCC) that Transmission Gully should not be funded out of local rates, said ACT Transport spokesman Penny Webster. See... ACT supports Transmission Gully [1] . Wellington Green Party MP Sue Kedgley congratulated the Wellington City Council for its far sighted decision not to support fast tracking Transmission Gully and focus on upgrading the region's rail system instead. See... Greens congratulate Council on regional rail focus [2] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00571.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00563.htm


Skills Shortages Addressed

- The time has come for action to address skills shortages in the economy, the Associate Education (Tertiary Education) Minister Steve Maharey told a forestry industry training audience in Rotorua this evening. See... Government to address skills shortages [1] . Also see... Speech to the Forest Industries Training Champions [2] in the Politics wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00569.htm
[2] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00568.htm


Local Bodies Elections With STV

- A fairer electoral system for local body elections will be debated in Parliament following the selection of the single transferable vote (STV) option bill in today's ballot. See... Fair local elections a step closer [1] in the Parliament wire.


[1] - http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0005/S00562.htm

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